A collaborative, creative learning programme developed in partnership between Cafesociety.org, Creative Partnerships – Hull & iEARN – Sierra Leone.
On May 5, film-makers Jon Robson and Murray Clark, together with writer Matt Stephenson, will be visiting Freetown to work in schools on a major digital media project, developing children’s skills and helping them to tell their stories; building real, lasting links between a remote city in the east of England and another in the west of Africa.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Hull based film-maker Jon Robson has been involved in many projects working with young people in Hull and East Yorkshire, The Seychelles, Ethiopia and The Navajo & Hopi reservations in the US, using film and new media to develop ICT and communication skills.
Writer and journalist Matt Stephenson has many years of experience as a feature writer, columnist, editor and publisher and has also performed readings of his own creative work at Hull, Huddersfield and Ilkley literature festivals.
Media / film specialist Murray Clarke has had 18 years involvement in media education and the arts. He has a wide range of skills and experience in the research, development and production of audio & visual projects.
Pupil voice :
At the core of this programme is the commitment to support pupils to articulate their voice and to develop their own stance, creative expression and personal identities through cross-cultural learning opportunities.
International links :
This learning programme is geared to forge informative, enriching and sustainable links between Hull and Freetown schools, building on the 25 year old twinning relationship between the two cities. It links closely in with the 2007 William Wilberforce Bicentennial of the abolition of slavery.
Curriculum relevance :
This program of work is set to draw on the power of new media technologies to capture the creative viewpoint of young people. In tandem with this, the scheme is geared to support young people, from Freetown and Hull, to engage with and respond to the themes of global citizenship issues. This is with particular reference to the ongoing issues surrounding human rights in the modern world.
Vital themes of social and moral responsibility, community involvement and political literacy are at the heart of the project. Students from both communities will continually develop their skills of (a) enquiry and communication and (b) participation and responsible action, central to citizenship programmes of study.
PROJECT AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Aims – ‘Why are we doing this?’
• To give young people, from Freetown and Hull, a creative platform on which they can respond to the theme of global citizenship and human rights.
• To increase participating young people’s ability to express their thoughts and ideas through the vehicles of film and writing.
• To raise participating young people’s awareness about each other’s worlds and viewpoints.
• To engage teaching staff / parents, from Freetown and Hull, to share in the creative learning journey, with a view to developing their own skill sets.
Objectives ‘ What do we want to achieve?’
• To establish creative learning links between selected Hull and Freetown schools.
• To increase the learning engagement of young people, from Freetown and Hull, in the subjects of citizenship and literacy, through the introduction of film and writing techniques.
• To increase young people’s awareness of each other’s worlds and ideas.
• To increase young people’s confidence, within both communities, to articulate their world-view through film and writing.
• To broaden the range of skills and ability of young people, from Freetown and Hull, this is around the specific ability to author their own films and written work.
• To increase teaching staff / parents ability to support the further development of this work in both, Freetown and Hull, school settings.
PROJECT SCHEDULE – FREETOWN
Dates: 5/5/06 – 19/05/06
Initial Links :
A creative practitioner team is being supported by Creative Partnerships, Hull to make an initial visit to Freetown, during the above period.
The team’s practitioner lead, Jon Robson, has established productive links with the British Council and iLEARN organisations in Freetown – SL, which have given their support to act as brokers and facilitators during this time period.
At the start of this working period, a preview of film work coming out of Hull is to be shown to school representatives at the British Council Headquarters in Freetown.
School Networks :
In the first instance, the aim of this delivery period will be to work with Freetown schools that are already connected to Hull Schools. This will be in particular reference to St Charles and Kelvin Hall partners. In the second instance the team will be working with representatives from the British Council and IEARN to access new schools which might want to forge a link with the remaining Hull school’s participating in the programme.
Delivery Model :
The Creative team will work with young people to enable them to express themselves using film, photography and the written and spoken word through creative, biographical and documentary styles.
The delivery model is set to consist of a series of creative workshops for young people and adults with a view to embedding new skills, whist generating a collection of films, documenting their world-view.
This work will then be brought back to Hull and shown to young people to stimulate their own unique responses to their Freetown peers.
PROJECT SCHEDULE – HULL
Model of Delivery :
Post Freetown trip, contact with each of the Hull schools might take the form of a workshop day, to engage Hull pupils and teachers with the work coming out of their Freetown partner school. This would be in advance to the actual creative delivery phase expected to start from mid-June onwards. Initially, this delivery phase is likely to be limited to a few days in summer 06, across Hull partner schools.
As in Freetown, the Creative team will work with young people to enable them to express themselves using film, photography and the written and spoken word through creative, biographical and documentary styles.
As before, the delivery model is set to consist of a series of creative workshops for young people and adults with a view to embedding new skills, whist generating a collection of films, documenting their world-view.
Curriculum Relevance :
Through film and writing workshops, Hull young people will be encouraged to respond to the work of their counterparts in Freetown, comparing and contrasting their lives, looking at some of the emotional, political and economic factors which affect life in Hull and in Freetown.
The project will generate a greater understanding of each others culture by using film making workshops and new media technology as an ongoing dialogue and communication platform between students. Ultimately, the project aims to raise young people’s awareness of global development issues and equip them with the skills and knowledge to become active global citizens.
Freetown links :
The early stage of this project will provide a foundation for schools in Hull to build lasting relationships with partner schools in Freetown using the UK government Department for International Development (DfID) ‘Global School Partnership’ funding, enabling pupil and teacher exchanges between the cities which will bring Global Citizenship into many different aspects of the curriculum.